Internships are commonly thought of as a way to get some real world experience to complement the academics of students in high school and college. They allow people to experience jobs they are interested in pursuing.

Consider this – an unpaid internship for 1-2 weeks – part or full time while you are looking for work. You have the flexibility to expose yourself to an employer who may like what they see in this “try before you might buy” situation. Small companies are best suited for this because they are less structured.

Target companies you’d like to work with and come up with a creative way to propose an internship arrangement. Keep your skills fresh while searching for full-time work, get exposure and build business relationships.